They knew it was not their fault after the other driver ran a red light and dash cam footage saved them from an unfortunate situation.
The world is not a fair place and we often come across circumstances that demand quick thinking and action. Reddit user u/TheJOEisAWESOME came across such a situation that compelled them to showcase the power of evidence and quick thinking in thwarting potential insurance scammers. The story, shared on the r/pettyrevenge subreddit, demonstrates the importance of standing up for oneself in the face of adversity.
"So I got into a car accident a few days ago. It was minor but mostly my fault," the driver began. "In the car was a middle-aged father and mother with a toddler in a car seat in the back next to the door that was hit. This family does not speak English," they continued, highlighting the potentially challenging language barrier that added complexity to the situation. The father's immediate reaction was, "He tells me there's a baby in the back and shows me the still sleeping child." This moment serves as a crucial turning point in the story, as it emphasizes the presence of a child in the other vehicle.
The mother seems to be calling someone from the car, which the individual presumes to be the police. However, an hour passed but it wasn't the police that showed up. Those who arrived were the family's niece and her boyfriend and demanded money for car repairs. The driver recounted their response, "I told them we'll go through insurance. She asked several times if I really wanted to go that way and I told her there was no way I had the money to fix both cars, so insurance it is."
This decision reflects the driver's initial attempt to handle the situation responsibly. "As the minutes passed, the toddler, who had been sleeping since the accident, finally awoke and began crying at around 6:15 PM," providing a pivotal moment in the unfolding drama. This moment draws attention to the child's well-being and the evolving dynamics of the situation.
Amidst the mounting tension, the police finally arrived. The niece lied to the police and said that not only was the driver responsible for the accident but also that the toddler had been crying since the accident happened. The individual's determination to reveal the truth came through in their statement: "I looked through my dash cam and was able to prove they sped through a red light right before the driveway where I turned from. When the cop came to ask me what happened I told him my side of the events and showed the dash cam proving the light was red in the direction they claimed to be coming from." This use of technology and evidence becomes a crucial element in the story. To strengthen their case, the driver also revealed, "For good measure, I told the police that the baby only started crying about 15 minutes prior to when they got there." This detail underscores the driver's commitment to transparency and truth.
People in the comments section applauded the driver for standing up for themselves. User u/DreamaHamm aptly commented, "Nice, to be honest, this doesn't even sound like revenge. More like you just stood up for yourself and didn't allow some idiots to take advantage of you. And god bless the dash cam." This comment highlights the driver's resilience and ethical stance in the face of adversity. Another user, u/KRHARMAN, highlighted the significance of dash cams, saying, "Everyone needs front and rear dash cams these days. Do you know if someone hits you after running a red light all they have to do is claim you ran it? Without a dash cam, you’re looking at least 50 percent at fault. Good for you!"